I used to work with a woman who was originally from Tanzania. When she refused to teach me how to swear in swahili I instead asked her to teach me how to say several potentially useful phrases :
Lookout, a lion!
Help I was attacked by a lion. I need a doctor.
Help, I'm being chased by an elephant.
A giraffe stole my hat, I need to borrow a gun.
Unfortunately, I've forgotten most all of it except doktari=doctor, Timbo=elephant, twiga=giraffe, bondoki=gun.
Nearly useless! If I go to Africa I will be doomed!